Yoshida Tōshi (1911-1995)
Autumn in Hakone Museum (Hakone Shinsenkyō Nikkōden no oniwa), 1954
Color woodblock print
Yoshida Tōshi depicted many different types of landscapes, finding inspiration in exotic foreign places as well as traditional Japanese landmarks. Situated on the banks of Lake Ashi, Hakone is a popular destination for its beautiful views of Mount Fuji and numerous hot springs. The Hakone Museum of Art was founded in 1952 by Okada Mokichi (1882-1955) with the goal of preserving and exhibiting Japanese works of art. Yoshida portrays the grounds of the museum, a small spring surrounded by boulders and lush fall foliage. With these natural elements, characteristic of Japanese gardens, Yoshida connects this new institution to cultural traditions in Japan.